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September 8, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: Continuing our summary of the six appearances of Our Lady of Fatima 100 years ago, here is an account of what happened on September 13, 1917. On July 13, some four thousand people had gathered for the apparition, but now the word had spread even farther, so that an estimated 25,000 were present for the appearance in September. The children had difficulty getting through the crowd because so many were kneeling before them and begging for our Lady’s help. “If these people so humbled themselves before three poor children, just because they were mercifully granted the grace to speak to the Mother of God,” Lucia wrote later, “what would they not do if they saw our Lord Himself…Continue Reading

Living For Jesus

September 7, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Living For Jesus

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Fourth Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Sirach 27:30-28:7 Romans 14:7-9 Matt. 18:21-35 In the second reading today, St. Paul states that none of us lives for our own self and none of us dies for our own self. Each of us has to ask the question: “Does this sound true for me?” It has always been difficult for us to live in a selfless manner because sin causes us to be selfish. Even more for us today, because we live in such a selfish society, one in which the norm is now to be self-focused. I often marvel when preparing for funerals how many families present the deceased as a generous person who was…Continue Reading

“Spiritual Closeness”… In The Face Of The “Immense Material Devastation” Of A Historic Hurricane

September 6, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on “Spiritual Closeness”… In The Face Of The “Immense Material Devastation” Of A Historic Hurricane

(Editor’s Note: Below The Wanderer presents a selection of statements from Church leaders in response to Hurricane Harvey. Note that this issue of The Wanderer went to press on August 31.) + + + “Deeply Moved” By The “Tragic Loss Of Life” Pope Francis stated in an August 31 message his wish that the United States, affected by Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Texas and then moved to Louisiana, will receive “a vast outpouring of solidarity and mutual aid in the best traditions of the nation.” ZENIT News Agency reported on the Holy Father’s message on August 31. In a telegram of condolences, made public on August 31, Francis assured the U.S. of his prayers for the victims, which as of…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… “In Meam Commemorationem”

September 4, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… “In Meam Commemorationem”

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK Visiting us at our little parish in southern Maryland for nearly two months is Fr. Michael, a Catholic priest from the Diocese of Onitsha in Nigeria. He is with our parish family to learn how to offer the Traditional Latin Mass and how to plant the sacred liturgy among the priests and people when he returns to his home country. Fr. Michael tells an interesting story of his conversion. He was raised as an Anglican and, as an adult, suffered the rejection of his family as a result of converting to the Catholic faith. This is the example of someone who would never want to “go back.” Fr. Mike went forward to the faith in…Continue Reading

God The Sanctifier Of Men . . . A Supernatural Gift Of God

September 3, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on God The Sanctifier Of Men . . . A Supernatural Gift Of God

By RAYMOND DE SOUZA, KM There was once a priest who was giving a catechism class to a group of children in a Catholic school. At some point in his explanation of God’s love for us, the beauty of Heaven, and the angels, he said, “Who among you here wants to go to Heaven?” All of the kids raise their hands (they had been told by an older student that in Heaven you do not go to school). Then the priest asked again, “Now, who among you here wants to be a saint?” Two or three of the younger ones slowly raised their pinky finger. The priest asked: “Why do you have so little interest in becoming a saint?” The…Continue Reading

Scriptural Basis And History Of Anointing Of The Sick

September 2, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Scriptural Basis And History Of Anointing Of The Sick

By DON FIER As we initiated our consideration of Anointing of the Sick last week, the second of two sacraments that are designated by the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) as “sacraments of healing” (the other is Penance), we were promptly given a sobering reminder that our mortal bodies are subject to sickness, suffering, and finally, death. “Illness and suffering have always been among the gravest problems confronted in human life” (CCC, n. 1500), and there is no escape for anyone — rich or poor, man or woman, powerful or homeless — from drawing his or her final breath. In His great mercy, however, God has given us this special sacrament as a powerful aid to assist us as…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

September 1, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Catholic Replies

Q. With all the talk about the recent solar eclipse, some people thought the end might be near. They cited Bible passages about the sun being darkened and the moon not giving its light as signs that the end is coming. How are we to understand these signs? — W.S., Arizona. A. Jesus did indeed mention signs like these in chapter 24 of Matthew’s Gospel, but He also said in the same chapter that no one knows when Heaven and Earth will pass away, “neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” He went on to say: “For as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son…Continue Reading

Seeking The Good

August 31, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Seeking The Good

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Twenty-Third Sunday In Ordinary Time (YR A) Readings: Ezek. 33:7-9 Romans 13:8-10 Matt. 18:15-20 When God approached Cain after he had slain Abel, the Lord asked where Abel was and Cain replied: “Am I my brother’s keeper?” On one hand we are all responsible for our own self and for our own salvation. If we sin, we have to take responsibility for our action and bring our sins to Confession. If your friend sins, unless you are part of the action, you have no responsibility. In the readings today, however, we see that we do have some responsibility for others. St. Paul reminds us, in the second reading, that we are to owe nothing to anyone…Continue Reading

Iceland Is Not Alone In “Freezing Out” The Disabled

August 30, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on Iceland Is Not Alone In “Freezing Out” The Disabled

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope is the pastor of Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian, Washington, D.C. Monsignor kindly gave The Wanderer permission to reprint this essay from his blog of August 20, 2017. All rights reserved.) + + + Most of you have probably heard or read the reports trumpeting the “eradication” of Down syndrome in Iceland. The problem is that what is being termed “eradicating” the “problem” actually means that those with Down syndrome are being put to death. The celebratory language is all too similar to the way we once spoke of wiping out malaria by killing infected mosquitoes. But of course children in the womb are not mosquitoes; they are human beings, love and willed…Continue Reading

A Leaven In The World… How Catholics End Up As Practical Protestants

August 28, 2017 Our Catholic Faith Comments Off on A Leaven In The World… How Catholics End Up As Practical Protestants

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK The Church is in the business of making Catholics, of proclaiming and calling all to the fullness of saving truth in Jesus Christ our Lord. Our mission to those who doubt or refuse some of our teachings is to call them to that fullness, whether Catholics already in our pews or Protestant brothers and sisters on our periphery. A confusion, sometimes called “ecumania,” has resulted in an inversion of the Church’s mission on the part of some Catholics, even among our Catholic leadership, as we have seen Walter Cardinal Kasper among those who would change Catholic doctrine on marriage to mirror what is already abundantly available among non-Catholic confessions. But our mission as Catholics is…Continue Reading